Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone broke the stigma around depression when she spoke about her mental health on national television. Even in the West, Dwayne Johnson admitted about battling depression and feeling devastated. Now Dangal and Secret Superstar actress Zaira Wasim has opened up about suffering from severe anxiety and depression. The 17-year-old shared a note on her social media accounts, in which she revealed she was suffering from depression for four years. In the note, the actress mentioned that every time she spoke about it, she was told that it was ‘just a phase’ and she was ‘too young for it’.
Popping 5 antidepressants every day, anxiety attacks, being rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night, feeling empty, restless, anxious, hallucinations, having sore limbs from sleeping too much to not being able to sleep for weeks, from overeating to starving myself, unexplained fatigue, body ache, self-loathing, nervous breakdowns, suicidal thoughts were all parts of this phase.
— Zaira Wasim (@ZairaWasimmm) May 10, 2018
Zaira ended the note saying,
I just need a complete break from everything, my social life, my work, school and especially social media. I’m really looking forward to the holy month of Ramadhan as it may be the perfect opportunity to figure things out. Please remember me in your prayers.
We’re sending you all our love, Zaira.